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Belron Global Conference Speakers 2018

Gary Lubner, CEO, Belron

Gary was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Belron in May 2000. During his time with the company, Gary has held a number of roles that have seen him responsible for the growth and development of key areas of the business.

Gary studied finance at the University of Cape Town and on graduating, joined Arthur Andersen where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1981. He then joined the PG Group where he held a number of roles including Finance Manager of the Contracting Division, and MD of PG Masterfit.

He left for London in 1989 and completed his MBA programme at London Business School in 1991 and joined Belron soon after graduating.

Gary is involved in a number of different charities and is a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Legacy Trust. He has completed a number of triathlons including the London Triathlon, where he joins hundreds of his Belron colleagues every year to raise money for a South African charity, Afrika Tikkun.

Jon McNeill, Chief Operating Officer, Lyft Inc

Jon McNeill serves as Lyft's Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Lyft, he was Tesla’s President of Global Sales, Service and Delivery, overseeing all customer-facing operations. Before joining Tesla, McNeill was the CEO and founder of multiple software, manufacturing and automotive companies including Sterling Collision Centers, Enservio and TruMotion a leader in mobile telematics. Fast Company magazine named him one of the 10 most innovative CEOs in the US. In 2012 Jon was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year and in 2013 he was named "Most Admired CEO" by the Boston Business Journal. Jon began his career at Bain & Company. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Lyft is one of the largest ride-sharing companies in the world. Lyft's mission is to improve people’s lives with the world best transportation. Lyft operates in North America and is positioned as the most reliable, safest, lowest cost and most caring player in ride-sharing.

Changing attitudes towards Mobility

Providing insights how consumers are changing their views on their personal mobility. Ranging from car sharing to reduced ownership, car usage is changing.

Technology is playing a big part facilitating this change but so are other factors such as geography and the financial equation. 

Mark Kvamme, Partner, Drive Capital

When he's not racing (and sometimes crashing) off-road trucks, Mark is a co-founder and partner at Drive Capital.

"I spent my first 50 years in Silicon Valley, watching it grow from cherry and apricot orchards to a force that ushered us into the silicon age. I can’t wait for my next 50 years and watch how the next technological transformation happens not from cherry and apricot orchards but from the consumer packaging, manufacturing, insurance, and healthcare services companies of the Midwest. This is the next frontier, where being close to the customer will be more important than being close to the technologist in building the future technologies that have a great impact on our world".

Before Drive Capital, Mark was the Interim Chief Investment Officer and President of JobsOhio, a private, nonprofit corporation leading Ohio’s job-creation efforts. Prior to JobsOhio, Mark was a partner at Sequoia Capital for 12 years, where he led investments in Linkedin (LKND - NYSE), MarkLogic, Cast Iron (IBM), and Prior to Sequoia, Mark was the Chairman and CEO of CKS Group (CKSG - NASDAQ) and a founding member of Apple France. Mark has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Drive Capital is a venture capital firm based in Columbus, Ohio. We invest in people who have the decades-long conviction necessary to solve big problems.

The Thinking Machine and how it will disrupt every part of your business

The speed of technological change is quickening all the time and now the Thinking Machine is here. How this technology will be a significant disruptive force right across the spectrum. How do disruptors think differently to break into a market. How this technology and thinking is being used in the insurance industry.

Mark will be joined on stage by James MacPhee of Liberty Mutual Insurance and Tom Feeney, President and CEO of Safelite Group, to discuss the key questions on disruption.  

Christoph Keese, Executive Vice President of Axel Springer SE

Christoph Keese is CEO of hy - the Axel Springer ecosystem firm. Until recently, he was EVP of Axel Springer SE, responsible for the digital transformation of the company.

Since the invention of the World Wide Web, he has worked intensively with the digital economy, has worked out corporate strategies and has taken the interests of the publisher towards platforms. With a team of Axel Springer executives, Keese spent three months in Palo Alto to explore new investment opportunities for the company.

Axel Springer SE is Europe’s leading digital publisher. As a result of consistent internationalization and digitization, Axel Springer SE today is not only market leader in the German print business, but is also active in more than 40 countries through subsidiaries, joint ventures and licenses.

The car of the future lives on the internet: How digitalisation is changing the automotive industry

How digitalisation is changing the automotive industry, and what automotive companies must do to keep up.

Exploring how the consumer is changing in their view and requirements of the car and how technology and connectivity is also driving the OEM’s to change how they view the car.

Dr Christoph Lauterwasser, Managing Director, Allianz Center for Technology

Christoph Lauterwasser studied physics at the University of Freiburg, University of Massachusetts and the Technical University of Munich. He holds a doctorate from the University of Munich. He joined Allianz in 1994. After first stages as a trainee he worked as a Risk Consultant in the international industrial insurance business. His professional focus has been the impact of technology on risk, underwriting and claims. In 1998 he joined the Allianz Center for Technology as the leader of a consulting unit for risk management. Since 2007 he is Managing Director of the Allianz Center for Technology (AZT Automotive GmbH).

As a center of competence for automotive technology for the Allianz Group, AZT Automotive is active in crash research, accident research, studies on road safety as well as in repair studies for vehicles, & training of experts. Recent new projects include dynamic testing of driver assistance systems, joint projects with OEM on vehicle automation as well as investigations of vehicle IT security.

Christoph is a member of the German Type Classification Committee for Motor Vehicles. He is Chairman of the Steering Committee of RCAR, a global association of insurance research centres.

Opportunities and threats of driverless technology.

With all the advances in vehicle technology as we move towards greater autonomy and introduce more Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, there are clear implications for accident frequency and severity but also for vehicle repair costs. While accident cost reduction is on the way, the impact of these new technologies might be slower than we think.

Magnus Lindkvist, Director for Trendspotting and Future Thinking at Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship

Magnus Lindkvist is a trendspotting futurologist and author who weaves together important current trends to forecast what life, society and business might look like in the future.

It is the fantastic timing, storytelling and politically incorrect humour that keep the audience – a global audience – laughing and talking well after his talk ends. He has given in excess of a thousand keynote speeches over the past decade to everyone from Fortune 500 CEOs and civil servants in the Middle East to anyone looking to be inspired and enlightened by trendspotting and future-thinking.

Future trends coming our way and how to react

Magnus is continuously looking for ideas and clues as to how the modern business world works, and what it might look like tomorrow. In an entertaining and inspirational style, Magnus will share some of his thinking on what is causing todays changes and what tomorrow could look like.


James MacPhee, President & Chief Operating Officer, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Global Retail Markets - U.S.

Jim was named President & Chief Operating Officer for Liberty Mutual's Global Retail Markets - U.S. organisation, which includes all personal lines and small commercial business in the U.S. Jim leads a team of over 17,000 marketing, sales, service, and claims professionals responsible for all aspects of customer service delivery.

Jim is responsible for establishing the strategic direction of Global Retail Markets - U.S. with the executive leadership team, establishing long-term and annual operating and financial goals, anticipating and reacting to the competitive market and internal performance, and developing a high performing team capable of achieving our goals and delighting our customers, agents and strategic partners.

Founded in 1912, Liberty Mutual is a global leader in property and casualty insurance, focused on helping people preserve and protect what they earn, build, own, and cherish.


Innovation, Transformation and Customer Excellence at Liberty Mutual

The world and the customer have changed significantly over the last few decades.

What this means for the insurance industry today and in the future.

How Liberty Mutual has transformed to meet our customers’ evolving needs and to be ready to take on the future.

Dr Jonas Ridderstråle, Business speaker and author

Dr Jonas Ridderstråle is one of the world’s most influential and respected business thinkers and speakers. Since bursting onto the international scene with the bestselling book Funky Business, co-authored with Kjell A. Nordström, Jonas has remained at the forefront of management thinking. Global Gurus, the research company has ranked him as one of the World’s Top 30 Management Professionals, and placed him in the top 5 in Europe.

He is a presenter with a difference who makes a difference. He has spent the last 20 years giving people the competence, confidence and courage to think, feel and do things differently. In keynotes and workshops, Jonas conveys his message with passion and energy, bringing innovative thinking and inspiring the will and thrill necessary for change. His forceful blend of academic rigour, imagination, humour and highly dynamic presentation style has inspired audiences from Moscow to Mumbai and San Francisco to Shanghai. Jonas’ diverse client list includes Fortune 500 companies, major government bodies, sports teams and trade unions.

Fast/Forward: Make your company fit for the future

Taking a highly engaging and stimulating look at how businesses can think differently, encourage change and what we can learn from the most innovative companies today.

David A. Smith, Chief Executive, Global Futures and Foresight

David is a leading strategic futurist who combines the experience gained from a 35 year information technology, marketing and business career with strategic visioning to help organisations better prepare for the future. His career has spanned European and US corporations, is a much sought after keynote speaker and is the author of many works on embracing change and the drivers of change. Having founded and led the Unisys Global Future Forum, at the turn of the millennium, he now leads Global Futures and Foresight, a future research and consulting organisation, which helps organisations be better prepared to embrace change, innovate and develop new visions and strategies in order to avoid the risk of being blindsided by external disruptive change and gain advantage at times of change.


Vehicle Technology

David will be drawing upon his considerable expertise to take a look at some of the current vehicle technologies on our roads today, the consumers view and what do these developments really mean to our industries.

Andrew Hart, Director, SBD Automotive

Andrew Hart graduated as a mechanical engineer, but soon after discovered he wasn’t a very good one. Fortunately, there are already plenty of great engineers within the automotive industry. Andrew has since found his true passion: reversing the decline in car ownership rates by radically transforming the interaction between people and cars.

Andrew now leads the innovation team at SBD Automotive, a research and consultancy firm that helps the automotive industry develop autonomous, more secure and better connected cars. He has had the good fortune of living and working across four continents – and looks forward to the next three.

Autonomous Mobility: Adapting to a disjointed future

This session examines the different narratives coming from the OEM’s.

Evolution - the future will be owned cars that use autonomous features to improve safety & comfort

Revolution - the future will be shared cars that use autonomous features to eliminate the cost of human drivers

Plus a view from the consumer on driver assistance aids and how these changes may affect others i.e. insurers and lease companies.